How long will my child be placed out of the home?

There is no set time that a child will be at a placement. The length of stay is determined by a number of factors taking into consideration the needs of the child and their family. This time can be extended or shortened based on the progress of the child and the family. Court review hearings are set every 6 months from the time the youth is given a placement order.  At the hearings the child’s progress is assessed.  Parents need to attend those hearings. The parents may receive a copy of the reports.

How do you choose where my child will be placed?

The placements are chosen with the needs of the family and the child in mind. We have a number of placements to choose from that offer different programs, are located in different areas of the state and country, and who may serve a specific population (i.e. substance abuse, mental health, male clients, female clients, etc). For more information, please contact your child’s Placement Deputy Probation Officer once one is assigned.

Are the placements monitored?

Yes. All placements are monitored and licensed by the State of California. If any problems arise at a placement, this is brought to the attention of the State and dealt with in a timely manner.

What are my visitation rights?

Each placement has its own standards. Some placements may require an adjustment period in which the child is not allowed to have contact with anyone outside the placement, other than Probation. Once that period is over, there will be standard visiting days and times and may even be family programming. For more information, please contact your child’s placement or consult with your child’s Placement Deputy Probation Officer.

How are placements paid for, and what is my financial responsibility?

Each program is different and may depend on your child’s status with the Probation Department. It may also depend on the parents’ income.  For details, please ask your child’s Placement Deputy Probation Officer.